Boy Did I Get Confused

A recent piece had Carly Fiorina debating a rep of Emily’s List about the selling of organs from aborted late term babies and I recoiled in shock.  I thought Emily’s List only provided local contractors like piano tuners, plumbers and such not baby body parts.  After all I had watched those ads on TV a hundred times and Emily looked like a nice woman.  So I asked my granddaughter if she knew about their other business?  She gave me an exasperated look.  “Grandpa you’re confusing Emily’s List with Angie’s List.”

“Ah, yes” I backpedaled furiously, “Angie’s List – Angie’s List – it’s hard to keep these list women straight.”


Program Update

This Friday is my thirty-sixth hospital gym session. An hour on four cardio stations, an hour on four weight stations supervised by a cardiac nurse and a trainer. Three sessions a week for 12 weeks and the workload on those stations increase as your body responds to the expenditure of energy. Tough program and about ninety percent of those in my age category drop out. I didn’t because I never thought about the Gymcomplete program only getting through the next station. Plus I hate whiners. I have to tell you I feel pretty good and have gotten a lot stronger – I’m not thirty years old again but stronger. On Monday I go back to the Lab for re-evaluation and then I begin the program again with the cardio and weight basically staying where they are while I focus on weight loss and muscle mass increase. I’m roughly thirty pounds under my high right now and hopefully at the end of these upcoming twelve weeks I will have dropped another fifty putting me under two hundred in time for Thanksgiving which this year my wife and I are having with my oldest son in London. (Yes they eat Thanksgiving dinner in England – more and more people each year. It’s a cultural spread like the atheist government in Beijing celebrating Christmas with massive public displays.)

Then I’m thinking about the Texas Boot Camp at Rancho Cortez. (Google it) and what I’d like to do after Rancho Cortez is pay my fifteen dollars and go down The Royal Flush, the gigantic new water slide which just opened outside Waco.

Long story short if you’re in really shitty physical shape and overweight (really overweight) like I was after all my travails – don’t think you can get back on your own. It’s much simpler to get into a professionally run program, make friends with the staff and others, then take it one day at a time. My program at a super gym in a hospital is very expensive but insurance picks up most of the cost.

Plus being in a hospital to begin with means that if you go into cardiac arrest there’s a crash cart there right next to you.

Which is a great comfort.

The Blogger’s Lament

I am occasionally criticized for not having my facts right.  Most of the time the critics haven’t checked theirs.  I usually check two sources but from time to time I am caught out usually because I repeated something I have believed true for a long time and so didn’t have to check, because of the circumstances was un-checkable (such as a long ago conversation) or because I am guessing.  In regard to the last I could plead the fact that I am a very bright autodidact and so my guesses are often inspired. But at the same time I admit I’m inclined to pass along a story simply because it is a good story.

So I can only cite the example of Kelvin MacKenzie the editor of the British Sun who published what is perhaps the most famous headline ever in the English language

Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster

A story that was wholly untrue but when called on it and others just as phony Mackensize said this: When I published those stories, they were not lies. They were great stories that later turned out to be untrue – and that is different.


The Right Of Secession

Walter WilliamsHere from my home on Main Street you can walk down my drive under Black Walnuts which were trees during the American Revolution and right or left up to houses where the series of newspaper articles we now know as the Federalist Papers were first read and debated.  Then the ratification by New York of the Constitution.  What you might not know is that those long ago New York voters insisted upon the right of secession in that ratification to whit: . That the powers of government may be reassumed by the people whensoever it shall become necessary to their happiness.  Those of who argue the same right today have never had a summary as concise and powerful as the one written by Dr. Walter William in Human Events.  I invite everyone to read it here.  For those of you who are not familiar with Dr. Williams he is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, – that’s his photograph upper left.

Pink Gun Cuties

Pink GunThe image of American women bearing pink guns, a jaw dropping issue to Europeans a short just a short while ago, is swiftly becoming iconic.  Indeed one could add in a stirring comparison to Moslem role for women as cowering domestic subservients who may not raise their hand to a male even a teenage son who is beating them.   In Texas, the South, indeed through much of the nation intended rape victims shoot their attackers.  Something which never happens in Europe.  Would in fact land the lady in jail.  Because most of the governing elite on the other side of the pond agrees with the late Mayor of New York Ed Koch who insisted that anybody who has a gun is a “bad guy.”

Dragging Me Under Water

The Guardian today quotes a shark attack victim as saying “he was dragging me under water.”  This a good example of prolixity.  Where else could the shark drag him?  Underground?  Under his spell.  Financially down?  No – everybody understands sharks live and hunt in water.  Another example of redundant speech is the question (very American in usage) “Where are you at?” because where are and where you’re at are the same thing.  Cops often ask each other “twenty?” from the ten code 10-20 for location.  I like that.  Brief and to the point.  Although once I heard a silly state trooper say “twenty at?”


KKThe Mail ran a piece saying Kim Kardashian represents today’s ideal body type.  Here’s a selection of reader responses:

Kim Kardashian has the ideal body shape for plugging a hole in a river bank.

If I woke up looking like Kim, I’d be having a lot of surgery to fix me. No way do I want to look like a bulbous garden gnome!

Most women would want to end it all if they woke up with Dim’s bod

More shapely, defined rears are what’s desired these days–NOT that nasty dumpy uni-butt Kim Kardashian is dragging around behind her

.. she is a vile looking creature

Poor excuse for yet ANOTHER Kim Kardashian story. Does the DM have to publish a certain number of Kardashian stories a day to get paid whatever they’re paying ?The claim that walrus-bodied Kim is the “ideal shape” is laughable.

Should carry a sign on her back side saying wide load.

Well at least if she falls off the dock she won’t sink.  Although the buoyancy of all that silicone in her a$$ might hold her face down.

Man the harpoons.

To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.

Nude Protest Against Homosexuality


More Homo FacesPresident Obama will visit Kenya next week where the (Kenyan) Republican Liberal Party will assemble five thousand nude men and women in order to show the man the difference between a man and a woman. The peaceful demonstration against homosexuality will begin at 10 am at the Freedom Corner, on July 22 and 23, said party leader Vincent Kidala.

“The procession shall be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and women to protest over Obama’s open and aggressive support for homosexuality,” Kidala said in a letter to the county commander on Monday.

“In fact our party has a network of prostitutes in Nairobi, Nakuru and other counties. This is where we shall get all these people whose number we expect to increase,” he told the Star on phone.

He said the prostitutes agreed to participate free of charge since they will lose customers if homosexuality is legalised.

Obama is expected to attend the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit and hold bilateral meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ruark2Note: Robert Ruark fans will remember that Uhuru Kenyatta means “Freedom of Kenya” in Kiyuku. And although I’m far from an expert on Kenyan politics the irony seems to lay in the fact that it’s a dictatorship under a strong man whose name means it’s free.  Kind of like Stalin whose name meant “Steel” but never made his five year plan goals in the metal.



Hat-Tip Kenya Star


“cultural revolution” is a loud minority movement

A response to another reader by Borghesius contains this gem.
Borghesius Poor Wilber2 hours ago

… Ideas survive because they work, because many many people of goodwill foster and care for them, philosophers and fishmongers and old wives try them, and either find them wanting or discard them.

The entire 1960’s to now “cultural revolution” was and is a loud minority movement, a parasite on the rest of society, feeding on the productivity of those who work, and work hard to keep the country going, bearing and raising children, taking raw materials and turning them into objects of value.   The ever expanding government and lawyers sectors are glommed on, not realizing that they have to stay small is size to avoid killing the host.

Note: People’s Handles are interesting.  Borghesius was a Dutch politician (1847-1917) so obviously, there is a story here.


This Bears Repeating

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in  St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
Hat-Tip: Suzanne Wellborn, Rush
Number of States won by:         Obama: 19               Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by:    Obama: 580,000      Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million  Romney: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Obama: 13.2
Romney: 2.1
Olson Map Of 2008
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”